July 22: A fraudulent media release pretending to be NSW Health claimed supermarkets would be shut from next week due to the number of coronavirus cases infectious in the community.
If you're ever unsure about information such as this, ensure you use trusted and credible sources of information such as the NSW Health website.
If you come across claims of a vaccine or cure, methods of detection of COVID-19 or statistics regarding the spread and effects of COVID-19, we've put together a list of reliable sources you can turn to for validation:
The World Health Organisation. Their primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses. They have a dedicated information feed available on their website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, which is the national public health institute of the United States.
The Australian Department of Health that provides country-wide information on COVID-19.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health website provides country-wide information on COVID-19.
This Google page, which has collated verified sources of information for you.
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